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Oct 10, 2012 11:00pm PDT
didn't say all that stuff i said the last two years. >> that's bill clinton showing the democrats how to take on romney/ryan. let's hope they get the message starting now. >>> also, what really happened in that fatal attack in benghazi? republicans are charged with the state department with lack security. republicans say democrats are trying to score points off a tragedy. a ceo says if a certain candidate wins presidency, he may have to fire people. see if you can guess which billionaire this candidate opposes? this is "hardball," the place for politics. [ thunder crashes ] [ female announcer ] some people like to pretend a flood could never happen to them. and that their homeowners insurance protects them. [ thunder crashes ] it doesn't. stop pretending. only flood insurance covers floods. ♪ visit floodsmart.gov/pretend to learn your risk. >>> now you see it and now you don't. late today president obama weighed in. on an interview on abc, romney's latest position on abortion is an attempt to mask the position he's been running on. let's listen. >> other example of governor romney h
MSNBC
Oct 10, 2012 9:00pm PDT
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MSNBC
Oct 14, 2012 12:00pm PDT
way. bill clinton did that from the left in 1992. he moved from the far left to center left and governed that way. ronald reagan did the same thing from the right. the middle in america governors. it's like a bell curve. most americans are in the middle. you have to appeal to the middle in order to win and then to governor effectively. >> bill, i love it when folks are honest. >> well, yes. he's appealed to the middle and the left and the right and everybody else, mitt romney has. if you want to talk about his position on abortion, he's gotten quite a few of those. >> i'm glad you brought that up. much has been made over that. in fact, the u.s. news and world report put out an excellent piece over the number of different views he's had over his political career. how can we discern what governor romney's actual view on abortion and women's rights, what his actual view is? >> we can't. we can't. they have changed. when he first took office as governor of massachusetts, he said he was pro choice. then he appears to have had a sincere conversion to the pro life side, which he so far
MSNBC
Oct 5, 2012 10:00pm PDT
in the polls. we were wondering why was this data turning around. bill clinton gave a great speech at the convention and everyone loved what clinton said. it now turns out there was some underlying economic trends that was feeding that that we didn't really know about, but that makes sense now. and i think if that's the case heading into the critical month of october and obviously in november where we're going to have one more jobs report, i think that really does benefit the president. because that's been the underlying issue of this entire campaign. it's been the issue that mitt romney's campaigned on from the get-go. >> at the convention i think he framed obama the case for obama and particularly the case for obama on the economy more clearly than anyone else has on the campaign. >> no president, no president, not me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years. when president barack obama took office, the economy was in free fall, it had just shrunk. we were losing 750,000 jobs a month. the are we doing better tod
MSNBC
Oct 10, 2012 7:00pm PDT
greater protections for life. last night in las vegas, president bill clinton gave his take on the revised mitt romney. >> i thought, wow, here's old moderate mitt. where you been, boy? i've missed you all these last few years. but i was paying attention in the last few years. and it was like one of these bain capital deals, you know, where he's the closer and he shows up and doesn't really know much about the deal and says, tell me what i'm supposed to say to close. the problem with this deal is, the deal was made by severe conservative mitt. that was how he described himself until three or four days before the debate, this ship is sinking faster than a titanic. but people are still frustrated about the economy, they want it fixed yesterday so just show up with a sunny face and say, i didn't say all that stuff i said the last two years. i don't have that tax plan i had for the last two years. you going to believe me or your lying eyes here? come on. >> the national gallup tracking poll of likely voters shows the presidential race even now at 48%. and tonight nate silver's forecasted that
MSNBC
Oct 13, 2012 5:00am PDT
clinton. they must have had 40 debates in which all they talked about the individual mandate. he got in and chose the individual mandate because that's what the world of center left wonk ri had established as the framework for health care. for me the reason the biden moment when he looks in the camera and says trust. the specifics are going to matter much less than who is em poe jurd when it comes time to actually govern. who's empowered in the house republican caucus who's calling the shots. who's empowered in mitch mcconnell and who's empowered in the world on conservative wonke wonkery. it is which political coalition you trust than what numbers are showing up. >> ryan was speaking to a constituency that doesn't really exist. the people who are never going to grow old, never going to be vulnerable. it's what mitt romney was saying. if you're over 55, don't listen. >> stop listening, yeah. >> and ryan was saying, for the old people who we've already made a contract with, that old contract is in place, but we've got a new one for people who are never going to need anything, are neve
MSNBC
Oct 11, 2012 5:00pm PDT
. he legislated that way. he put 100,000 cops on the street with the clinton crime bill. this crowd wants to take cops away. i mean, there are so many differences between these two candidates tonight. these are two ideological titans going at it. it is going to be fun to watch, and i think the president's right. joe be joe, everything's going to be just fine. and i think the fact that they're sitting down is good. i've seen biden in person many times on the stump standing up. he gets a little carried away. sitting down tonight might be to his advantage. >> the thing i keep thinking about is what is going through paul ryan's head? when you think about it as a politician or public figure, who your peer group is you're trying to impress, paul ryan, right wing think tanks, conservative movement, ideological elements. is he going to go up on the stage tonight and renounce it all? that is the strategic chose made by the romney campaign. you're going to go up there and everything you've done since the first day you were a junior staffer on the hill to now, we want you to throw it out the w
MSNBC
Oct 8, 2012 2:00pm PDT
operation save big bird, there's this. hillary clinton takes the lead. quote, confirmed, i got the bird. we will move him to a safe house in the morning. that's hillary clinton. now, a few words from a member of the house science committee, georgia republican paul brown, a medical doctor, gave a sermon at a baptist church last month and addressed the issue of evolution. >> i've come to understand that all that stuff i was talk taught about evolution, embryology, big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. and it's lies to try to keep me and the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior. there are a lot of scientific data that i found out as a scientist that actually showed that this is really a young earth. i don't believe that the earth has been around 9,000 years. i believe it was created in six days as we know them. >> well, bill nye, the science guy, had this to say in response to congressman brown's comments. quote, since the economic future of the united states depends on our tradition of technological innovation, representativ
MSNBC
Oct 10, 2012 1:00pm PDT
under the carpet. >> now, that was the president waxing incredulous while former president bill clinton last night, well, he went full clintonian, painting the picture of how mitt's transformation went down. >> the deal was made by severe conservative mitt. that's how he described himself. for two whole years. until three or four days before the debate they got together and said, hey, this ship is sinking faster than the titanic so show up with a sunny face and say, i didn't say all that stuff i said the last two years. you going to believe me or your lying eyes here? come on. what are you doing? >> i think he actually caught air there. and it's no wonder with romney suddenly shifting on all marng of positions, lately it's a woman's right to choose. here he is to "the des moines register" on tuesday. >> there's no legislation with regarding -- with regards to abortion that i'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda. >> funny. around this time last year mitt romney was outlawing abortion and certain forms of contraception, too. >> would you have supported the constitutional am
MSNBC
Oct 8, 2012 12:00pm PDT
president obama. 52 point margin is the largest in the poll's history. only bill clinton's 1992 town hall debate with george h.w. bush with ross perot came close. is romney's debate performance helping him win over voters on election day? in the three days before the debate, president obama led mitt romney by five points. in the three days after the debate, obama and romney were typed according to gallup. the seven-day tracking poll that includes three debate days and four post-debate days has the race at 50-45 obama. to help us sort it out let's welcome back nate. today he wrote about romney's bounce and how long it might last. nate, thank god we have you here. my head is spinning trying to sort through it. let me lay it out for everybody and you can interpret it. gat will you please released yesterday three days of polls after the debate and said we have a tied race. gallup has a seven-day average that shows bahaobama gaining a t and losing a point. we have that, and then on the other end we have just before the show came on today, the daily coast and the sciu liberal groups say they ha
MSNBC
Oct 12, 2012 6:00am PDT
name of bill clinton by 14. he left the race and returned in october for the debates and it's the second time that an independent candidate had participated. >> what separates me is that 5 1/2 million people came together on their own and put me on the ballot. i was not put on the ballot by either of the two parties or any pac money, any foreign lobbyist money or interest money. this is a movement that came from the people. >> on election day, nearly 20% of the vote, best showing since the progressives nominated eddie roosevelt 38 years ago. bill clinton won the vote. the same year, ralph nader launched a write-in campaign. nader's best showing was in 2000 when he received 2.9 million votes. gore won the popular vote that year. in florida, nader got over 97,000 votes. i would say that was enough to make up for the 537,000 gap that made up the race for george w. bush. some people called him a spoiler but nader hated the term. he blasted "the wall street journal," believe it or not, for using such a political bigoted word. he argued that candidates shouldn't be treated as second-cla
MSNBC
Oct 10, 2012 2:30am PDT
. >> former president bill clinton was stumping for the president in las vegas last night. offering his thoughts on last week's presidential debate. >> i had a different reaction to that first debate than a lot of people did. i mean, i thought -- wow. here's old moderate mitt. where you been, boy? miss you all these last two years. the problem with this deal is the deal was made by severe conservative mitt. that was how he described himself for two whole years. until three or four days before the debate, they all got together and said, hey, man, this ship is sinking faster than the titanic. so just show up with a sunny face and say i didn't say all that stuff i said the last two years. are you going to believe me or your lying eyes here some come on. . what are you doing? and if i've been the president, i might have said, well, i hate to get in the way of this, i miss you. >> see what that is? my friends, that's a man who is in vegas. i know that feeling very well. next up on the election calendar, the vice presidential debate tomorrow at center college in danville, kentucky. >>> a new
MSNBC
Oct 8, 2012 8:00am PDT
nonlethal communication support is extraordinary important and secretary clinton announced massive amount of humanitarian assistance and ku dos to the administration for doing that. the real problem here is that there's this struggle within the romney campaign itself over syria between neo-conservatives to militarily intervene and those who actually are more reticent and the problem is that mr. romney flip flops between one group and the other and can't quite decide which one is more important. the bottom line, however, for purposes of american interest in the middle east, arming a rag tag group of rebels at this point in time is inconsistent with understanding when's going to emerge of syria in the long run. one of the reasons why i'm reticent is because we don't really know who the rebels are. some of them are affiliates of al qaeda. some of them funded by saudi clerics. some of them indeed very good guys and deserve support but very much an open question of who would get the arms. we don't want to repeat afghanistan back when congressman charlie wilson was doing that very same t
MSNBC
Oct 9, 2012 12:00pm PDT
. it's why both pull out the big guns on the trail calling in bill clinton and chris christie, while the running mates are holed up in debate prep. they face off thursday in kentucky. one month out, and we start today with "washington post" political columnist dana millback. >> hi, s.e. >> hi. let's start with with the pugh poll. it puts hit ahead likely voters and registered voters and he's made big gains among women voters and middle class voters. is it about one debate night? >> it's time for obama to panic. we did this a couple of weeks ago when the polls were the other way, and then it was time for romney to panic. it's probably not time for anybody to panic. this race is now what it was weeks ago, months ago, and that's a fairly close race it will on election day. it's decided by two, three percentage points. we've seen the bounces and swings. this one is going in romney's direction. it appears if you look at the battleground states, it still favors obama. nothing has fundamentally changed. if things keep move inning this direction and this just isn't a reaction to one very bad nig
MSNBC
Oct 12, 2012 8:00pm PDT
longer support -- >> we put it together with the former clinton budget director. >> who disavows it. >> this idea came from the clinton commission to save medicare chaired by senator john breaux. here's the point, martha. >> which was rejected. >> if we don't -- >> that was a crucial point in the debate right there. here's a guy trying to talk about a plan that has bipartisan support, and joe biden stood up for the american people and the truth and wouldn't let him get away with it. that's what made it a great debate. i don't care how many times someone is interrupted if the interruption is in the service of the truth. democrats and progressives have had enough of the lies that the republicans have been throwing out in this campaign season. when ryan started lying about the romney tax plan, joe biden was right to point out just how the math does not add up. >> you can cut tax rates by 20% and still preserve these important preferences for middle class taxpayers. >> not mathematically possible. >> it is mathematically possible. it's been done before. it's precisely what we're proposi
MSNBC
Oct 7, 2012 9:00am PDT
to watch two or three times was the one that was held in richmond with george bush, bill clinton, and the campaign manager. because clinton knocked that one out of the park because he connected to questions being asked by people in the room. those are not debates where you come with prepared answers, and you deliver them irrespective of what you're asked. >> and can i just ask you, the word "connecting," heretofor, it has been that romney had trouble connecting, so do you expect the president to do better here? >> i do, but the richmond debate is very telling. because something else that happened in that debate, george h.w. bush, he looked at his watch. so they may want to take the watch away from him before the debate. so he needs to do what he can do pretty well in front of audiences, which is really connect with average voters. and mitt romney has had more challenges in that department. >> and here is something you have seen before, larry, just a couple of months before, the national geographic is going to air a clip. >> tonight, we know why we are here. >> tonight, we fight for so
MSNBC
Oct 11, 2012 6:00pm PDT
from oregon. >> he said he does no longer support -- >> we put it together with the former clinton budget director. >> who disavows it. >> this idea came from the clinton commission to save medicare, chaired by senator john breaux. here's the point, martha. >> which was protected. >> if we don't fix this problem pretty soon, current seniors get cut. here's the problem. 10,000 people are retiring every single day in america today. and they will for 20 years. that's now a political thing. that's a math thing. >> martha, if we just did one thing, if they just allow medicare to bargain for the cost of drugs like medicaid can, that would save $156 billion right off the bat. >> and it would deny seniors choices. >> all -- >> it has a restrictive -- >> seniors are not denied -- >> absolutely. >> they are not denied. look, folks, all you seniors out there, have you been denied choices? have you lost medicare advantage? >> because it's working well right now. >> vice president biden, let me ask you, if it could help solve the problem, why not very slowly raise the medicare eligibility age b
MSNBC
Oct 11, 2012 7:00am PDT
week bill clinton is in las vegas, arizona, california, iowa, indiana, talking up candidates for the house and senate, not to mention the president. let me bring in ann lewis, former communications director for bill clinton. always good to see you. good morning. >> good morning. >> so of course the former president's convention speech was absolutely off the charts. candidates are clamoring to be seen with him. is bill clinton bigger than he's ever been? >> that's an interesting question. you're right, he sort of came back into our political focus at the convention. if you think about it, clinton who had been out of office for eight years has been working at the clinton foundation, at the clinton global initiative, he's been bringing health care and economic opportunity to people around the world. and then he steps into the political spotlight as he it at the convention and we all go wow. he has it. he can talk about the economy, the direction of the economy. country. what he says makes such good sense and we want more. >> he has a very impressive campaign schedule. here are just a fe
MSNBC
Oct 8, 2012 5:00pm PDT
female democratic members of congress were swept up in the clinton year. and 20 years later, we appear to be having another one. the reason this is good for the president is it helps increase the turnout and enthusiasm for female voters. there's polling that shows women's issues have been being a ballot effect in terms of getting moderate women to go to the polls and feel they have to show up and fight. there are moderate women who may not have been that enthusiastic about the president. they are enthusiastic about knowing the term "legitimate rape" is not a legitimate term. >> massachusetts has never elected a woman as governor or to the united states senate. >> right. >> and elizabeth warren was asked about it in the last debate. here's her response. >> i wonder why you think that massachusetts has never elected a female senator or governor. >> i don't know. >> no idea. does it trouble you? >> well, right now, i'm trying to do something about that. >> isn't that just a fantastic answer? >> there's been a lot of studies about one of the reasons that the gap in political represe
MSNBC
Oct 8, 2012 8:00pm PDT
dozens of female democratic members of congress were swept up in the clinton year and 20 years later we appear to be having another one. the reason this is good for the president is because it helps increase the turn-out and enthusiasm among female voters. i think i mentioned before that emily's list shows that emily's issues are having a down ballot effect. in terms of getting moderate women to turn out to the polls, feeling enthusiastic and they have to show up and fight. there are a lot of moderate women who may not be that enthusiastic about the president. they are enthusiastic about access to birth control. enthusiastic knowing the term about legitimate rape is not a legitimate term. they are enthuseattic about sending that message to the poll. that does help democrats at the poll. >> a woman hasn't been voted to the united states senate. liz wedelizabeth warren was ask about it in the last debate. >> i wonder why you think massachusetts never elected a female senator or governor. >> i don't know. >> no idea? does it trouble you? [ applause ] >> well, right now, i'm trying to do so
MSNBC
Oct 9, 2012 3:00pm PDT
clinton said it takes some brass to criticize somebody for what you did. vice president biden has a vocal supporter about these things. >> the ryan budget if passed that the govern ore said he endorsed would knock 19 million people off of medicaid. >> romney/ryan tax plan will raise taxes on middle-class families with a child, one or more children by an additional $2,000 a year. >> don't tell me what you value. show me your budget and i'll tell you what the value. >>> vice president biden will have some serious things to say this thursday. joining me is steve carnaci, co-host of "the cycle. he's writing in "salon" today about paul ryan's thing skin. thanks for coming on the show. >> thanks for having me. is he ready for joe biden? >> it's an open question. one thing we found is he hasn't been ready forred kind of scrutiny that comes with a national spot light. there have been several interviews, in what we all assumed would be friendly turf fox news where at the slightest bit of scrutiny on follow-up questions he's gotten very testy and evasive. you can think of early on back in aug
MSNBC
Oct 11, 2012 8:00am PDT
window of time like those under president clinton when we had the longest sustained prosperity as a result of middle class focused economic policies or do we want policies like those during the bush era that focused on tax breaks for the wealthiest and almost no regulation. i think the choice is clear. >> 9 hours, 30 minutes, you and i whether be watching along with most americans. thank you so much for your time today. >> thank you. >>> it's a high stakes debate between paul ryan and joe biden. what it will take to win. we'll hear from alan schroeder. there the debate change the momentum of the race? that's the question. tweet me your thoughts. oh no, not a migraine now. try this... bayer? this isn't just a headache. trust me, this is new bayer migraine. [ male announcer ] it's the power of aspirin plus more in a triple action formula to relieve your tough migraines. new bayer migraine formula. promise full whitening results in two weeks or more. rembrandt® deeply white™ 2 hour whitening kit is proven to quickly remove surface stains and deep stains in just two hours. [ female a
MSNBC
Oct 8, 2012 3:00am PDT
adjustment for. it takes a certain, as president clinton would say, it takes a certain brass to do what governor romney did there, and it's consistent -- this is what he used to do in private business. i mean, he was the closer at bain capital. and the basic theory is say whatever you need to to get the deal, and that's what he did that night. >> again, this is so laughable. "the new york times" -- by the way, "the new york times" is kicking it into overdrive, the week in review section. republican republicans, drop dead. and then mitt romney only won because he's such a liar. >> there were some good pieces inside. >> well, they're desperate pieces, and david, with all due respect, that's desperate. if we're going to play this game, i could pick apart what the president said on medicare and just say well, it's not true. what he said on the debt and say, well, that's not true. if somebody says something that doesn't line up with the truth, debates are about being smart enough and quick enough on your feet and knowledgeable enough to call them out right there and not have your aides
MSNBC
Oct 9, 2012 1:00pm PDT
. bill clinton could do this easi easily. wait a second, if you're not going to tell the public i will tell the public what's in your plan. here are the three things you have to know. the president is going to have to find a which to keep bringing him down to the specifics and not let this guy who looks kind of presidential, sounds like a yoep, just wing it from here on out and not really be held accountable for what he says or what he has said. >> but richard, to what he just said, the polls are suggesting that it's actually being quite efficacious for mitt romney to give a top line but no content, no details. >> well -- >> that duth suggests that the decker to rat isn't listening. >> debates can change the course of the race but generally you have to look at all three presidential debates and see where things are. we're in a very volatile moment because things are moving quite clearly after that first debate. and it's very hard to know where things will settle other than the historical precedent when we saw it happen for instance in 2004. john kerry got a significant bump out of
MSNBC
Oct 12, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. >> we put it together with the former clinton budget director. this idea -- >> who disavows it. >> this idea -- >> this is a bunch of stuff. look, here's the deal. >> what does that mean, a bunch of stuff? >> well, it means it's simply inaccurate. >> it's irish. >> it is. we irish call it malarky. >> thanks for the translation. >> the idea if you heard that little issoliloquy on 47% and y think he just make a mistake, i think you're -- i got a bridge to sell you. >> with respect to that quote, i think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth the right way. >> but i always say what i mean. and so does romney. >> we want -- >> the right is all upset today because vice president joe biden interrupted a lot and smiled a lot and openly laughed at paul ryan all night long. i can see why they would be upset. but, you know, here's the thing. we knew from the democrats saying it all week long that they thought mitt romney's effectiveness in the first debate last week was largely due to him saying stuff that was not true. denying the existence of bi
MSNBC
Oct 11, 2012 4:00pm PDT
going to be government-run, it was the test case for hillary clinton health care. and i have to tell you, we still had the same number of uninsured coming into our hospitals and seeking treatment. the thing is, chris, you don't have an example where government-run health care has increased access, lowered cost, and gotten more individuals into the health insurance rolls. >> i thought that that's what governor romney bragged about doing in massachusetts. >> i think that when you look at government-run health care, what you do not have is an example -- >> romney was wrong in massachusetts? so he was wrong in massachusetts? >> romney tried something that worked for massachusetts. he feels like letting the states solve the issue, and i agree with that, let the states take this up. just like with our medicaid. >> okay. so government-run doesn't mean government-run? >> on a bipartisan basis that say send it back to the states. >> okay. back to my question, you didn't answer it. if a fertilized egg of a human being is a person, then someone who has an abortion is a murderer because that's a
MSNBC
Oct 11, 2012 12:00pm PDT
possibility. i really don't know who else the democrats would run. apparently hillary clinton is sort of talking in terms of not running. if that's the case, i just don't know who else would step up to compete with him. we'll see how it goes. but i'd call that one 50-50 at this point. >> all right. thanks. >> former congressman mike castle, thanks so much. >>> straight ahead, you've heard of fantasy football. how about fantasy economic policy teams? oh, yeah, the nerding out never stops. >>> and toure plays president of his dream team of economic advisors. that's next. gecko (clearing throat) thank you, mr. speaker, uh, members of congress. in celebration of over 75 years of our government employees insurance company, or geico...as most of you know it. ...i propose savings for everyone! i'm talking hundreds here... and furthermore.. newcaster: breaking news. the gecko is demanding free pudding. and political parties that are actual parties! with cake! and presents! ah, that was good. too bad nobody could hear me. geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insura
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Oct 11, 2012 7:30pm PDT
the folks at the very top should go back to paying the same rate they did during the clinton administration. when we had 20 million jobs created and the economy was doing great. so i thought this was a great night in exposing the really clear choice for the american people. you've got one guy who comes from scranton, pennsylvania. he's a fighter for the middle class. his policies back him up. you have another ticket that discovered the expression middle class in the last six months on the campaign trail. that was really clear. >> congressman chris van hollen of maryland. thank you very much for joining us tonight, sir. we know you're busy and a lot yet do. good luck winding down from being paul ryan, sir. i will say what you just saw there from congressman chris van hollen if you contrast that with us talking to david plouffe last week after the presidential debate and see the sort of democratic buoyancy out of this, what everybody said going into this was the democrats were looking for something to have changed the momentum, to change the feeling in this race after a preside
MSNBC
Oct 6, 2012 7:00am PDT
they're with people from texas. anyone who has a subgroup or culture -- >> bill clinton was the king, skoed switch in a talk, right? >> right. >> why is that such a negative? i do agree to a certain extent the president had to be -- he is confined and constrained to a certain extent that he the k. not get angry, he cannot have the flash of irritation because it will be replayed endlessly. given, that's a given. but still, you know, he could have been more present. but why is the whole notion of code switching so wrong? >> well, so this is -- this is -- art and i were speculating on this in the green room, which is that, one, i think that probably this whole speculation, i have no facts to go on. >> it's new. here we go. >> i'm very comfortable with that. >> so -- but the point is, i guess that what the campaign was saying is, you're ahead, your job is to look presidential. so, don't go on the attack. you're winning. be presidential. and that part of what that is can also play as don't be the angry black man but i suspect they were thinking less about that and thinking more about
MSNBC
Oct 6, 2012 9:00am PDT
something. one is to have his wife tell him. that's why nancy reagan and hillary clinton and others have been willing to do. the other is to show him the picture. whether it's after a news conference where the answer has been boggled or after a debate like this. it's hard to deliver bad news to the president. it's hard for the president not to believe his own eyes. >> let's get to david what mitt romney said the day after the debate about his 47% line. here it is. >> clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right. in this case i said something that's completely wrong. this whole campaign is about the 100%. >> okay. here's a two-part question. first part to you, ed. was this going to be his answer had he gotten a chance in the debate but he didn't get that chance so he had to trot this out in the first post-debate interview? >> yes. i think he was. i think he probably was going to be ready with that response. that was a really damaging comment on that hidden vide
MSNBC
Oct 13, 2012 11:00am PDT
saw hillary clinton and the president saying nobody wants more than them to find out exactly what happened. so they have the administration responding to the terms of their debate where it used to be the administration was taking the fight to them, they're now taking the fight to the administration. >> i want to bring in peter alexander once again. peter travels with mitt romney. as they get ready for the debate, how much of the debate can we expect to be on benghazi and spent on the president's record on foreign policy? >> reporter: well, obviously that remains in the hands of the voters in that room with both mitt romney and the president. but, craig, we know there are only two debates left. the second will be focused on foreign policy. the truth of the matter, when he speaks to the voters, their concern is less on that. when mitt romney was attacking joe biden yesterday, referring to his remarks saying that the m-1 tanks should cease to be produced, those tanks are produced here in the state of ohio in a town called lima, and in that community, they of course, are heavily offen
MSNBC
Oct 10, 2012 6:00am PDT
week, now former president bill clinton jumped into it tuesday mocking romney's debate strategy. >> but people are still frustrated about the economy, they want it fixed yesterday. so just show up with a sunny face and say i didn't say all that stuff the last two years. i don't have that tax plan i had for the last two years. you going to believe me or your lying eyes here, come on. >> former house speaker and illinois republican dennis hastert, who's a romney supporter. good morning. >> good morning. >> i want to ask about the comments that president clinton made moderate mitt do you believe that romney has tacked to the center over the last few weeks? >> i think he wants to be president of 100% of all of the people in the united states. he has to address concerns to more moderate people that he has that sensitivity. i think he proved that as governor of massachusetts. >> do you think he had waited too long to do that? >> that's the way we have to go. and i looked at what he did in massachusetts. he went across the aisle, went with the legislature that was 87% democrat and got
MSNBC
Oct 6, 2012 11:00am PDT
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MSNBC
Oct 10, 2012 8:00am PDT
to have you here. jimmy, i want to start with you. bill clinton was on fire in las vegas yesterday. making the case romney can't be believed in doing it only in a way the president can. take a look. >> the problem with this deal is that the deal was made by severe conservative mitt. that was how he described himself for two whole years. until three, four days before the debate they got together and said man, this ship is sinking faster than the titanic. just show up with a sunny face and say -- i didn't say all that stuff i said the last two years. come on. >> president clinton getting airborne there. does president obama need to be more like bill clinton in the debate, that type of realism to the voters that will watch. >> have you three south carolinians on the panel this morning. i want to point out this. we are going to talk about arkansan president. >> break out the pimento cheese. >> palmetto cheese? >> forgive me, i'm sorry. >> he's from baltimore. he's all orioles. >> to answer your question, this is a simple fact. mitt romney lied on the stage last wednesday. and bill clin
MSNBC
Oct 11, 2012 1:00am PDT
bill clinton said to sum up the first presidential debate and what bill clinton thinks will happen at next one? that is next. >>> this right here was the state of the presidential race one month ago tonight. take a look at this. president obama and mitt romney were essentially neck and neck, all throughout the summer, and then, boing! president obama very quickly and very dramatically jumped out to a six-point lead. what happened all of a sudden to cause that sort of jump? well, right here was president obama's speech at the democratic convention in charlotte. what you're looking at thereafter is what people call the post-convention bounce. after what had been a static race, president obama not only jumped ahead in national polls like this gallup daily tracking poll, but he also jumped out to a sizable lead in all the key swing states. here's what the race looked like around this time last month. president obama was up in virginia, up in in new hampshire, almost could not find a swing state poll that did not show president obama increasing his lead. this is what a post-convention boun
MSNBC
Oct 10, 2012 5:00pm PDT
moderate mitt. where you been, boy? i missed you all these last two years. >> president clinton rises again as mitt romney implodes over a woman's right to choose. tonight, terry o'neill of the national organization for women on mitt romney's war on women etch a sketch. bob shrum on the candidate without a core. >> it's very important for folks to just make sure that they understand that as long as people stay focused, we will win this thing. >> the president is rallying the troops as joe biden gets ready to take on lying ryan. >> trust me, i come from detroit west. we know we need a healthy auto sector. >> howard fineman and john nichols have the debate preview. >>> and from the coal mine owner to the real estate mogul, ceos are holding their workers hostage to get votes for mitt romney. tonight, former labor secretary robert reich on the revolt of the plutocrats. >> i'll tell you, you've got a great boss, he runs a great operation. >>> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. mitt romney is the candidate who will say whatever it takes to win. the race is tighten
MSNBC
Oct 12, 2012 10:00am PDT
. >> david, there is a continuing controversy, hillary clinton asked about it today and said we knew what we knew at the time and investigating, she ducked the question. >> paul ryan came out among the more memorable lines is there's an act of terror against the united states we're going to call it what it is. this administration is caught in a lot of different explanations, complicated story, and you've got the intelligence community, state department and the white house. we cover washington. we understand there's a lot of competing voices when it comes to that. the buck stops at the white house with the president on these matters. and this was an act of terror as he says and there are a lot of different explanations. heated testimony about the fact that there were additional security requests. again this is just messy. i don't think -- look, martha raddtz asked direct questions i believe in moderators asking direct questions and getting answers. was it an intelligence failure. he didn't answer the question. and she did go back at a later point. this just -- they're just sewing more conf
MSNBC
Oct 12, 2012 1:00pm PDT
drives a couple cad laks. but bill clinton today, well, he was a bit incredulous about that line at an event in indiana. >> mr. ryan said last night that governor romney was a car guy. i thought, well, if having an elevator to stack them counts, i guess he was. >> now president clinton, don't you go down that line that mr. romney is just a plutocrat who will never get the 47% to take the responsibility for their own lives and car storage. paul ryan has got his back and will defend him to the gates of hell. >> mitt romney is a good man. he cares about 100% of americans in this country, and with respect to that quote, i think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth the right way. >> but i always say what i mean. and so does romney. >> yes, except mr. romney only says what he means in quiet rooms. let's get right to our panel. here in new york msnbc contributor ari melber and msnbc political analyst karen finney, and in washington msnbc contributor jonathan capehart. karen, i must have been watching the wrong channel because on the most ser
MSNBC
Oct 14, 2012 11:00am PDT
have the big dog and the boss tour. clinton and bruce springsteen appearing together. that's an attempt to really kind of stop whatever movement there is toward governor romney in ohio, which is going to be a battle ground state as it always is. >> you know, sometimes it's criticism and sometimes it's fair that there's too much focus in these debates on style over substance. substantively, mitt romney is getting a second look. and we're talking about the economy, the fiscal cliff. a lot of focus on libya, which we'll get to in a moment. what do you think romney is doing with this second look? >> i think something big happened in that first debate that's beyond president obama not showing up. and that was that, you know, president obama hasn't really been trying to get elected again. he's been trying to stop mitt romney from getting elected. and that cracked. mitt romney was not the guy that barack obama has been painting for the past few months. he's not this radical baby eating, grandma killing republican. he is a very reasonable, practical, problem solver. that campaign collap
MSNBC
Oct 10, 2012 3:00am PDT
interesting -- >> bill clinton. >> he's not that interesting, actually. >> he's fascinating. >> no, he's not. get over it. >> there are people in public life who run for office at a very high level. some have an easier time giving themselves to an audience than others. the president of the united states clearly has an inability to give himself to an audience the way bill clinton does. >> that's one way to put it, donny. >> he is so brilliant in the convention to break it down. beyond that engagement factor that we clearly didn't see with the president, but to me he gave me a road map for a 30-second spot for the rest of the campaign. 5-second clips next to each other. what are you getting? he just -- it is stunning the way -- with a brilliant performance, if you contradict it with so many things over the last six months was a joke. >> bill clinton, it was vegas, come on. >> donny deutsch can tell you something happens to a man when he goes to vegas. >> what happens in vegas stays in vegas. >> he left his feet at one point, bill clinton. >> he jumped and elevated. he elevated. you k
MSNBC
Oct 6, 2012 5:00am PDT
this was not a very strong performance last night for barack obama. >> hillary clinton is running as the tough fighter, and if obama doesn't show democrats he can be a tough fighter against the republican attack machine so called but in fact it is, then, you know, democrats are going to pull back from him. >> subpar performance in the debate by senator obama and a great performance by senator clinton. >> i think they saw john mccain is the tough guy and barack obama is the cerebral guy. >> he seemed to lose control. >> john mccain clearly won this battle on points. >> so this is it every time. i actually thought that he was during the primary a subpar debater. in fact, debate after debate in which he wouldn't throw the punch and this was the big -- >> right. i think part of the issue is romney has been making so many big mistakes and has been so underperforming. a lot of us forgot he can stay say coherent things and can be good at debates and thought that president obama's campaign has been on. >> but this is where the kind of film clips that you have can be very useful because we ca
MSNBC
Oct 10, 2012 7:00am PDT
to bill clinton in vegas. >> i had a different reaction to that first debate than a lot of people did. i mean, i thought -- i thought -- wow. here's old moderate mitt. where you been, boy? i missed you the last two years. now the problem with this deal is the deal was made by severe conservative mitt. that was how he described himself for two whole years. until three, four days before the debate they all got together and said hey, man, this ship is sinking faster than the titanic. >> he did run it in the primary, mitt romney, calling himself severely conservative. is there risk in this strategy? what is behind it? what's the thinking? >> i think that there -- they sense a narrowing in the poll. there have been a narrowing of the polls since the debate. i think that the opportunity is in the mid tool grab those swing voters and -- i -- i think that what the president needs to do now is to really hone in on the poor message of taxes but also job growth. i think we haven't heard enough yet about how great the members were last week. -- numbers were last week. i would have liked to he
MSNBC
Oct 5, 2012 5:00pm PDT
clinton/gore administration made ge clean up the pcbs they had spewed into the hudson river. but it's unbelievable that he doesn't have the good sense to avoid this that when he says to chris matthews he has no evidence at all he simply won't back down. so i thought about this today. you know, first we had the truthers. then we had the birthers. now we need a name for these conspiracy freaks who think that the bls is jiggering the numbers and i think we ought to call them the welchers. >> is romney going to get hurt by these wild conspiracies, bob? >> yeah. i think he is. because what this conspiracy theory has done is given more currency to the actual news. the people who listen to rush limbaugh, the people on fox news, none of them are going to vote for the president anyway. they never were going to vote for him. but there's going to be more currency to the story. it's going to be a more interesting story. it's going to sink in better and i think it fits the narrative that barack obama and bill clinton at the convention have been trying to persuade the country to accept, which is in
MSNBC
Oct 12, 2012 7:00am PDT
sleep bill clinton coming off a big week on the campaign trail in las vegas, arizona and california is in indianapolis right now at a grassroots event. he is scheduled to come out any minute now. among others, he is supporting congressman joe donnelley who is running for senate. we are also waiting for hillary clinton. she is having a press availability with the italian foreign minister and might address the situation in libya that got so heated in the debate last night. we are keeping our eye on that, as well. >>> we do have that big showdown for you. two california congressmen or california congressman howard berman and brad sherman last night. >> security guard had to step in there. in a shamt, congressman sherman said the pierce college debate was not conducted at the highest level. i regret my part in allowing emotions to distract from the exchange of views. we are still waiting for a response from congressman berman, but back to last night's debate where we have to bring you some of the real moments. paul ryan went after joe biden on his home turf scranton, pennsylvania. >> it
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